Project Details

Project Name:
Kawailoa Wind 
D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments (previsouly SunEdison, First Wind Solar Group)
Kawailoa / Haleiwa
69 MW
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The Kawailoa Wind project originally built by First Wind and currently owned by D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments, LLC, is located on former sugarcane land within the Kawailoa Plantation owned by Kamehameha Schools northeast of Haleiwa Town on Oahu's north shore. Operational in November 2012, the 69 megawatt (MW) wind farm is comprised of thirty (30) 2.3 MW Siemens turbines and is compatible with agricultural operations in the surrounding area, such as livestock. Power from Kawailoa Wind is sold to the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) at $0.2190/kilowatt-hour (average fiscal year 2018 price) or $0.229/kWh under a 25-year power purchase agreement through November 2032 approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission in December 2011. In 2018, Oahu's two existing wind farms - Kawailoa Wind and the Kahuku Wind Farm - generated approximately 3.1% of Oahu's energy needs and comprised 14% of Oahu's renewable energy generation portfolio that year. In August 2019, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) published a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement to permit the increase in incidental takes by the project of the Hawaiian hoary bat (220 takes) and to permit new takes of the Hawaii petrel (24 takes) through 2031. To mitigate harm to these species, the project plans to implement additional operational controls for its turbines (curtailment) when higher rates of take have occurred, test a bat deterrent system, partially fund the protection of the Koolau Mountain range, preserve or restore additional species habitat, and fund predator controls at Hanakapiai and Hanakoa on Kauai. Kawailoa Wind has also invested in hoary bat research and partnered with government to purchase and protect bat habitat in the Helemano Wilderness Area in Central Oahu. In September 2019, USFWS approved the amended Incidental Take Permit and Habitat Conservation Plan to allow the increased takes form this project. In September 2019, a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement was published to amend the Habitat Conservation Plan and Incidental Take License from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.